BUTTERFLY (Italien 2018, Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman, Best of Fests). Irma Testa’s ultimate goal is Olympic gold. With her talent, the young Italian boxer has already come far – then, with one blow, she realises what she is missing out on. A striking coming of age story.
LET THE BELL RING (Deutschland 2018, Christin Freitag, Student Award). Malcolm has a dream: in the end, when he can’t feel the fatigue and pain any more, his fists are hoisted into the air: “The Winner is…!” This young man from LA’s reality consists of poverty, a lack of opportunities and a dream. A boxer, a drama, a film.
LIONHEARTED – AUS DER DECKUNG (Deutschland 2018, Antje Drinnenberg, Münchner Premieren). In the boxing club of TSV 1860 München, Ali Cukur is both a coach and a father figure, who takes care of the young boxers, some of whom come from difficult backgrounds. With patience and a firm hand, he succeeds in showing them a positive outlook and in motivating them to carry on.